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polycystic kidney disease

Sensipar for APKD?

Following on the heels of studies showing a potentially beneficial effect for vasopressin receptor antagonists and rapamycin in the treatment of renal cystic disorders, an article in this month’s JASN by Gattone et al suggests another class of…

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Rapamycin for ADPKD?

Another potentially useful drug to prevent cyst growth in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease comes from the interesting observation that kidney transplant patients with native ADPKD kidneys who were given an immunosuppressant regimen containing the drug rapamycin (sirolimus)…

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Chronic Pain in ADPKD

About 60% of all ADPKD patients are estimated to have a chronic pain syndrome, and often this is the initially presenting symptom of an ADPKD patient that brings them to medical attention. An excellent review of this field…

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Two-Hit Hypothesis & ADPKD

One of the really interesting aspects of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is that only about 1% of all nephrons form cysts. You can do the math: if you have about 1 million nephrons per kidney, and…

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Stone Disease in ADPKD

Patients with ADPKD are predisposed to nephrolithiasis. The postulated reasons for this increased prevalence of stone disease have ranged from metabolic abnormalities (previous reports have shown an increased tendency for hyperoxaluria, hypercalciuria, hypocitraturia, hyperuricosuria, and distal RTA) to…

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